Targhee sheep For Sale
Targhee sheep are one of Americas newest breeds. They were developed in 1926 at the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho, from Rambouillet, Columbia, and Corriedale crosses. Targhee sheep derive their name from the Targhee National Forest on which the experiment station”s flock grazes in the summer. The forest was named for a chief of the Bannock Indians who had lived in the area in the 1860s.
The reason for the name “Targhee” stems from the area in which flocks of the experiment station sheep graze during the summertime, which is the Targhee National Forest.
Targhee sheep are commonly used for meat production as well as wool production in the US. They have thick, high quality fleece, open faces and are a hardy, adaptable breed.
Today the Targhee can primarily be found in South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. They are popular among the northern states since the ranchers in these areas prefer their ratio of fine-long wool and their hardiness in what can be harsh weather conditions.
Targhee are a dual-purpose sheep with good meat type and a heavy fleece of high quality wool. They are especially popular in Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota, where their 3/4 fine wool and 1/4 long wool breeding is favored by western ranchers.